Not much new has happened with my two colonies. The brood are growing fast and I should see new workers in my Camponotus colony soon. Today I found a colony of C americanus. Beautiful queen with 50-70 workers and about 40-50 brood ( they are still moving into the ant farm so the count might be off). My camera broke so I can't post any good new pics.
The C. americanus colony lost two workers so far. This specie seems to like the nest much more humid than my other Camponotus colony. I find the location that the colony settled in is a bit difficult to keep moist but they seem to keep it at a level they like by placing drops of water all around the chamber and glass. The queen laid a batch of orange eggs! I have yet to see them eat insects but they do love filling up on water, sugar water, and fruits.
While the colony went through some unfortunate circumstances some time after my last update. The colony managed to surprise me with an assuring number of brood for the end of the active season and into the next. The colony won't completely conform to the light no matter what I do but I don't have any issues with that other than the queen's high sensitivity. The population is in 200-300 range. As always some photos and a video will be uploaded soon.
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